A referral letter from your GP(General Practitioner).
Your valid ID or passport.
Your valid insurance card from:
– Private Insurance: The client must cover costs and reclaim reimbursement by insurer.
– AVBZ: For some care-products he acceptance of AVBZ is required.
After submitting these documents, you will receive an intake which will determine the severity of the issue and appropriate service. In some cases, clients may need to qualify for AVBZ coverage.
Note: If you don’t have a valid insurance, you can aldo pay with cash. For more information call: (1-721) 542 1677.
How to prevent Mental Health conditions?
It is possible to delay or stop mental health conditions from worsening by reducing the biological, psychological and environmental risk factors.
Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental ilnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning.
If you have a friend or family member who might be experiencing a crisis, it’s important to recognize psychotic symptoms such as:
– Hearing voices
– Ritualistic activities
– Being overly suspicious
– Having strange beliefs (delusions like Jesus or looking through walls)
– Having unpredictable outbursts
If so, it’s important to get them in clinical treatment as soon as possible by:
> Calling MHF during opening hours and make an appointment
> If the symptoms are acute(your loved one is out of control or posing a danger to himself or others) you cal call the EMERGENCY MHF number: (1-721) 520 5556.
> To help you deal with a crisis, you’ll find several tips in the DO’s and DON’Ts
We hope the provided information will help you and your loved one cope.
+ Look out for psychotic symptoms and take action. The earlier you might catch these, the sooner you can get your loved one the help they need.
+ Approach your loved one with a soft voice and with simple sentences. Using a loud voice or yelling will only provoke and confuse your loved one.
+ Encourage a visit to the MHF to help them feel better. Be understanding if the person is suspicious about medical. Try to explain that it can be trusted and is meant to help the person.
+ Comply with reasonable requests – this gives the loved one the opportunity to feel somewhat “in control”.
+ Take care of yourself!! Taking care of a loved one (in crisis) is very intense and can be a heavy burden to bear. Make sure you get to do relaxing activities/hobby’s and reach out to family/friends who can lend support.
– Don’t threaten – this may be interpreted as a power plat and increase fear or may lead to aggressive behaviour.
– Don’t criticize – it will make matters worse.
– Don’t squabble with other family members – over “best strategies” or allocations of blame. This is no time to prove a point.
– Don’t stand over your loved one – if (s)he is seated this might be perceived as intimidating and can lead to aggressive behaviour. Instead, seat yourself.
– Avoid continuous eye contact or touching
– Don’t block the doorway – but keep yourself between the loved one and an exit.
Please do not suffer in silence! Feel free to contact MHF if you have any questions or need additional advice.
What are serious psychiatric symptoms?
Certain symptoms of psychiatric illnesses are more life threatening than others. In principle, an individual would require admission should their symptoms pose a danger to themselves or to others. These symptoms include and are not confined to: very violent, aggressive disruptive behavior or homicidal ideas, self-harm, suicidal attempt, confusion, paranoia, severely impaired judgment or severe depression.
Our services can reasonably be expected to improve the recipient’s condition or prevent further regression.
Once my loved one has been admitted into Admissions, am I allowed to visit?
Regular visitations can be a positive part of recovery. We welcome visits from family and friends of clients treated in Admissions. Our staff members are readily available to offer support, advice and to answer any of your pertinent questions.
Visitation hours are from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm daily. Exceptions may be made through arrangements with an Admissions staff member.
How to support persons suffering from mental illness in your care?
Research has shown that support from friends, family and caregivers of persons with mental illness is essential for treatment and long term recovery.
Helping to avoid triggers, recognizing the warning signs and encouraging healthy and positive activities are some of the ways to help.
Kindly utilize MHF’s Clinic care and Information, Prevention and Knowledge center care-products for more on effective caregiving and support services.
Is confidentiality a priority at MHF?
We treat our clients with the utmost care and respect. MHF is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. Therefore, all consultations are discrete and information is given to third parties solely with the authorization of the client or their legally authorized representative.